Help plan 2 weeks in Israel

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Jan 16th, 2006, 03:22 AM
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You can easily drive around Israel on your own. You definitely need a walking tour in the old city of Jerusalem and there are other places where it's a nice-to-have (e.g. Masada) - you can book day trips/guides for those.

I would recommend Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dead Sea/Masada, Haifa, Sea of Galilee/Jordan River, Eilat, Caesaria, and more - in two weeks you have plenty of time to see it all! Here are some companies you can book through or just copy their itineraries:
http://www.yallatours.com/israel/israel.shtml
http://www.isram.com/isram/index.htm
http://www.gate1travel.com/israel-travel/Default.htm

In Eilat I really like the Isrotel Royal Beach: http://www.isrotel.co.il/English/Con...Page.asp?HID=1 It is centrally located

In Tel Aviv, stay on the beach - the Hilton is very nice and the Sheraton Tel Aviv (there are like 3 Sheratons, Sheraton Tel Aviv is the nicest) is nice and very well located. There are less expensive well located hotels as well, such as Carlton.

Depending on what you like to do - you can organize different numbers of nights in each place:
Tel Aviv - you will land here - nice beaches, hip shopping, markets, some museums, a good place to experience modern Israel, old city of Jaffa
driving up north from Tel Aviv you will pass through Caesaria with many ruins along the beach - in the area there are also other great ruins sites like Meggido (where the word Armegedon comes from),and Bet Shaerim with ancient burial sites, Zihron Yaacov is a nontouristy city on a hill with wines and shops and is cute
Haifa - another modern Israeli city with a beautiful Bahai Temple
North of Haifa are some older cities like Akko, Rosh Hanikra at the border with Lebanon has some pretty natural rock and water formations, but these are not essential
Sea of Galilee - this area not only has relaxing resorts on the sea, but also many Christian history places - Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and many famous old churches, etc, from here on the way to Jerusalem there are more ruins at Bet Sheian - I haven't been there but all tours go there
North - in the north is a great place to rent a cottage and relax and do some walks, not essential to understanding Israel, but its a nice place to relax and see wineries
Jerusalem - you need at least one full day for the old city and one full day for the new city - best to find a walking tour in the old city and then you can go around the new city yourself to the Israel museum (dead sea scrolls) and holocaust museum (it's very new, i havent seen this one yet) and great view points from Mount Scopus, the hadassah famous glass windows, and the model of ancient Jerusalem, try not to be here on Friday/Saturday as everything is closed. There is a new underground dig in Jerusalem that you need tickets for well in advance and is supposed to be wonderful.
Dead Sea – this area is a must do – can be done as a long day trip from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or you can stay at the spa hotels – do a “day spa” to float in the sea and put the mud on you, go to the top of Massada (another good place to have a guided tour), visit Ein Gedi nature reserve
Eilat The drive to Eilat is about 5-6 hours (without stops) from Tel Aviv through the desert – definitely stop at Timna Park for beautiful desert formations on the way and there are also craters and a great dairy kibbutz (Yotvata) for food stop. Eilat is a great place to relax at a resort, snorkel, etc there are many great restaurants, underwater observatory, beaches, etc, you can drive up the other side of the desert to the Dead Sea in only 2-3 hours

A good two week itinerary could be something like this: http://www.yallatours.com/israel/11_iultimate/
Although you could skip Day 4 and do Christian sites or something else, you could also skip parts of Day 12 in Jerusalem (mini israel & caves) and spend more time in the old city or somewhere else. Check out the Christian tour itinerary if you want to add a day of Christian history: http://www.yallatours.com/israel/13_ijourneyfaith/
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Feb 3rd, 2006, 08:33 AM
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Has Anyone been to the Best Western Kfar Macabiah hotel in Ramat Gan?
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Feb 9th, 2006, 08:40 PM
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Risab: we stayed last summer at the Dan Panorama in Jerusalem after several blissful days at the David Citadel. What a letdown to go to the Dan! 70's wood paneling in the rooms, stained carpeting, flourescent lighting in the bathroom, you get the picture. However, the breakfast buffet rivaled the Citadels! The rooftop pool area with green outdoor carpeting was crummy but clean.

We also stayed at Nof Ginossar and because it is a kibbutz hotel our expectations were low. While the rooms weren't that nice, we laughed that they equalled the Dan Panorama but seemed nicer because they were twice as big. Their outdoor pool is lovely, the beach down to the lake looked great (we didn't have time!), their buffet meals were generous and provided something for all. The museum there with the 2000 year old boat is not to be missed!! The charming elderly docent there became in our travel memories the "2000 year old man" of Mel Brooks' fame. Well it seemed funny at the time.

Have a wonderful time!!
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Feb 10th, 2006, 04:23 PM
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Well...we have finalized our itinery and booked our hotels through regent travel in Israel. We've decided to go with the Dan Panorama in Jerusalem, Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv, Ruth Rinamin in Tzfat, and Scotts Hotel in Tiberias...
We'll start with a week in Jerusalem without a car and then rent a car after our stay in Tel Aviv to venture north and to the Galilee. We'll end our last day and night in Tel Aviv before flying home- it seemed like a lively place to end our stay. We are very excited...!
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Mar 14th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Mar 16th, 2006, 04:22 AM
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I stayed at the Scots Hotel last June. Their breakfast Buffet was the best breakfast meal I have ever seen anywhere in the world(not kosher), it is magnificent and you can buy the Jams and breads from them. The hotel is also very nice besides that
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Mar 16th, 2006, 05:53 AM
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Another thumbs-up for the Scots Hotel in Tiberias, and ditto the breakfast buffet.

Am told the Sheraton in Tiberias is being renovated (which was badly needed) so it could be a good alternative if one needs a Kosher operation.
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